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Traditionally speaking, giving a gift card or chunk of cash as a holiday gift gets a bad rap, but it doesn’t have to be a last-minute gift that looks like you put zero thought into it at all whatsoever. While social distancing limitations have eased a bit this year, many of us will still be celebrating the holidays with our loved ones virtually, which means giving e-gifts over the Internet is more acceptable than ever before. Besides, in all reality, gift cards allow the giftee in question to get whatever they want, so you don’t have to do the guesswork to try to figure it out. However, shipping gift cards in the mail is risky—sadly, they’re often stolen en route.
Look, I’ll admit it—I’ve definitely been one to scurry into the nearest grocery store to pick out a last-minute (and super generic) gift card on my way to Christmas gift exchanges with my family in the past (I mean, I highly doubt my grandmother wanted a gift card to Home Depot, but hey, that’s all that was left) but now, it’s so darn easy to buy and send thoughtful e-cards online from stores and services that the giftee in question will actually love—and it takes even less time than sprinting to the CVS around the block and checking out IRL. Scroll through below to check out some of the best last-minute e-gift cards you can buy and send online without looking like a massive procrastinator.
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Pawp 6-Month Membership
Medical expenses for your dog or cat can add up quickly, so help out your pet-parent bestie with a gift card to Pawp, which offers telehealth services at wallet-friendly prices. A six-month gift membership costs just $99 and covers up to six pets in a household. With the membership, they’ll get 24/7 access to online vets, along with a $3,000 safety net for emergencies. You really can’t give a better present than peace of mind for their favorite furry friend, right?
Rare Beauty Gift Card
Give your beauty-obsessed friend the gift of vegan makeup this holiday season. Since it’s so tough to pick out the right tones for your besties, this gift card will be much appreciated to customize their cart to their liking.
Tatcha Beauty Gift Card
Skincare is personal, so make sure your recipient gets what they want by giving them the freedom to. Gift them some cash to Meghan Markle and Jennifer Aniston’s go-to store, and they’ll be glowing with glee (inside and out).
Tula Gift Card
There’s nothing better than helping somebody you love make time for themself. Tula, the brand that specializes in everything from nourishing face masks to soothing under-eye balms, can help them make the most of that “me time,” and this gift card you gift to them will do the same.
There’s no brand that does mascara as well as Ilia Beauty. Not to mention, it has a famous skin tint that’s been sold more than a million times. If natural and luminescent makeup is something your mom or best friend loves, then this is the destination for them.
Chanel Gift Card
Why yes, luxury stores do have gift cards (though they probably want to keep this under wraps). If you, like everyone on TikTok, have been thinking about buying the cheapest item you can find so that you can get supremely luxe free samples, this is your best bet.
Winc E-Gift Card
If all “they want for Christmas is booze” consider gifting them with a Winc e-gift card, which will allow them to stock up on premium, yet affordable wine or sign up for their subscription service.
Ulta Beauty Gift Card
Treat them to the skincare and makeup must-haves on their list with a gift card to Ulta Beauty. Totally foolproof.
Sephora Gift Card
Or, if they’re #teamSephora, you can make their beauty dreams come true with a gift card to the retailer.
Amazon Prime Membership
While it’s not technically a gift card, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you already know how much the service’s ridiculously expansive product range is, and how the one to two-day shipping speeds are a major game-changer. Plus, Prime members get access to special deals and streaming services. You can give the gift of prime for three months at just $39 or the entire year for $119.
Cariuma Gift Card
Your friend, boyfriend, or even your cool parents will love these celeb-loved and sustainable sneakers.
Best Buy Gift Card
Please the techie in your life with an e-gift card to Best Buy. Whether they need new AirPods, a vacuum, or even kitchen appliances, Best Buy has way more than you ever imagined in store.
ESPN+ Subscription Gift Card
Perfect the sports fanatic on your list this year (or anyone who likes to watch live games), ESPN+ is now offering gift cards to send online for subscriptions.
Instacart E-gift Card
Everyone needs groceries, and with social distancing protocols still in place, getting them delivered is a major game-changer. Give the gift of tasty food and convenience this year.
Etsy E-Gift Card
There are very few people I know who don’t love to score a unique, vintage, or hand-made find on Etsy, and this email-able gift card is the perfect way to let them pick out something special for themselves.
FabFitFun E-Gift Card
Each season, FabFitFun sends out customizable boxes with full-size products—at a fraction of what you’d pay if you just bought every item individually. You can purchase gift cards in amounts from $25 to $300 to send to someone who would love being surprised every quarter with new goodies delivered to their door.
Lululemon E-Gift Card
Perfect for the fitness buff or athleisure lover on your list this year, Lulu’s gift cards can be easily purchased online and sent to the recipient by mail or by email.
Territory Foods E-Gift Card
For the foodie or wellness junkie in your life, a Territory Foods digital gift card is a thoughtful gift that will allow them to order from a vast selection of tasty pre-made dishes delivered straight to their door. Whether they’re plant-based or following a special diet like Keto or Whole30 (or just like healthy and actually delicious meals that are ready in minutes), they’ll not only be excited to select their meals for the week, but they’ll also totally enjoy a week off from cooking.